This directly supports SATA / M.2 (B + M keys) / PCIe and as such should demonstrate correct operation of the SATA M.2 drive. (My assumption is that with this adapter card the PCIe will provide power, the M.2 (B key socket) will interface with the drive and the SATA socket can be cabled to an existing empty SATA socket on the MB). I realise this probably will not provide the M.2/PCIe interface I wanted, but should confirm if the M.2 drive is faulty. I would still like to pursue enabling the PCIe interface for M.2 boot drive operation, which I currently assume will be a BIOS mod?
Attempted to back-up current BIOS to USB, in TOOLS, OVERCLOCKING PROFILE, LOAD/SAVE PROFILE it saved a 8kb .CMO file??
I could be wrong in thinking, but the BIOS reports back as 0801 with a 2014 date not R4BE with a 2017 date
Well Modified the 0801 BIOS with @agentx007 suggestion, the modification went as expected, used USB BIOS Flashback method (all looked well with the USB stick flashing as required).. Restart system: OS reporting original 0801 BIOS version then random crash out of OS, two restarts later back in to OS still reporting original 0801 BIOS.
Not sure where I'm going wrong: Clean FAT32 USB stick Mod 0801 BIOS with Samsung_M2_DXE (confirming ok)
Insert USB into special USB Flashback socket Restart - Hold ROG flashback button untill USB stick flashing - wait 3 or 4 mins until flashing stopped Restart
I think I should attack this from three fronts:
1: Confirm SSD is not faulty in another natively supported M.2 machine or via a USB M.2 adapter. (I do not currently have either avaliable for testing untill after the UK Easter holidays) 2: Purchase another PCIe adapter (Possibly https://www.amazon.co.uk/HYPER-M-2-MINI-...=asus+hyper+m.2 although compatability/support with the WD SSD drive will need to be confirmed?) 3: Insert an alternative module in BIOS (to enable connecting directly into PCI-e but retaining build-in SATA controller in chipset?)
With respect to choosing correct BIOS settings do you have any suggestions?
Thank you for the WD link, I have already been there without success, as the M.2 is not detected first in the BIOS I believe the OS would not detect either.
As for being a faulty unit, this is possible but I do not believe it to be so, now with your conformation of native BIOS compatibility of SATA III, I suspect the PCIe adapter as incompatible (the multitude of standards have confused me although I can confirm the drive has the B+M locating keys and physically fits the adapter).
Thank you for the quick response.
Well totally stumped.... Cant get MB to recognize M.2 drive at all. What does that mean? Sorry if my English is confusing.. To put it another way, I am exhausted trying to get my Mother Board to recognize M.2 drive (in the bios or OS).
Which SSD model is your "M.2 drive"? I put a link in to the message for the WD WDS100T1B0B 1 TB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive – Blue.
Does your BIOS or your currently running OS (or both) not detect the NVMe SSD? Both do not detect the SSD, But i'm not sure if it is strictly a NVMe or M.2 SATA (or if this makes a difference?).
How did you verify, that your M.2 drive has not been detected? Within bios (all pages it may appear) and OS (Win 10 Disk management).
Tried modding the latest 0801 bios.. via Flash back, Black screen (auto reverted back to original working 0801) This indicates, you you have done a mistake either while modifying the BIOS or while trying to flash the BIOS
Why did you start a new thread instead of posting into >this< already existing one (with a guide about how to do it)? I was confidant I had modified the bios (following the guide you linked) correctly and wanted to check if the hardware matched, then I could re-visit modding the bios (to see if I am using the wrong mod or where I was going wrong?) and post there.